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Poster: jonc Date: Jun 29, 2010 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

Sorry for cross-posting, but I thought people here would be interested.

"ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has requested their members to fight organizations like Creative Commons, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation over what it claims as an effort to undermine copyright."

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/89494/ascap-declares-war-on-free-culture/

The legislative email address for ASCAP is legislation@ascap.com. Take a moment to educate them on Creative Commons, free culture and freedom of choice.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 29, 2010 4:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

Please forgive my ignorance regarding the laws of copyright , and the 'players ' in this issue .
Is ASCAP a corporate concern or does it represent other artists ? If so , what kind of artists ?
What legal ground does ASCAP stand on to regulate the distribution of free speech ? ( i.e. Creative Commons )
There is real concern that artists will not be compensated for their work . I have two designers in my family , so this issue has often come up .

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 29, 2010 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

ASCAP and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) represent the member artists, composers, and publishers of music, whether it is actually recorded or not. They sell licenses to the public to allow for broadcasting or public performance of the millions of songs in their catalogs. Legally speaking, a bar or night club cannot play 99.9% of most songs without paying for the performance license. The license fees are then distributed as royalties to the members quarterly based on the number of performances or broadcasts of the music, even when performed by cover bands. The Girl Scouts once got sued for singing God Bless America around a campfire without a license. Both ASCAP and BMI use very sophisticated equipment to determine even small snippets of music played.

They have the power through their legislative arms to lobby congress to pass favorable laws in an effort to tighten their grip over the songwriting and performance industry.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) represents the record companies in a very similar manner.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 29, 2010 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

I 'm sorry I still do not fully understand .
Is an artist coerced to join ASCAP or BMI ( through distribution ) ?
Do either of those org's out right steal an artists work ( lawyers ) .
Are most of the artists that belong to ASCAP/BMI one's that sell the big numbers of units , and smaller artists be damned ?
How do you fear this may effect IA ?

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 29, 2010 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

Any artists/composer/music publisher can join can join ASCAP or BMI. Most join not because they don't want the general public hearing or playing their music without getting a handout in return, but to ensure they are going to get paid or refuse usage if some company tries to use their music to sell a product, use it in a film or TV soundtrack, or reissue it on an audio recording.

Getting a Creative Commons license does not compromise the artists' rights to protect their copyrighted works. There are many artists here on the LMA whose studio recordings are copyrighted, with rights administered by ASCAP and BMI, but allow their live recordings to be presented here.

Here is a response to ASCAP by Creative Commons:

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/89521/creative-commons-responds-to-ascap/

This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2010-06-30 03:07:35

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 29, 2010 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

Thanks DR , very much . I am still a bit unsure of some things , so I'm off to see what I find . Definitely to be continued , soon

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 29, 2010 9:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

If you want some good pointers on issues re the public domain, my "handle" compels me to send you here:

http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/about.html

The comic book - whoops, I mean "graphic novel" - on the site is a good overview of pertinent legal issues.
http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 29, 2010 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

Powder Blue , Tar Heals ! Tar Heals !

Seriously , ya' gotta respect Coach K . What's his Grad rate ? Very high , I'm sure .

Thanks BD for the links .
It's been awhile since I've read a comic book , sorry , graphic novel .

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Poster: banditos33 Date: Jun 30, 2010 4:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

FYI That's Tarheel! it's etched on alot of trophys. numbnuts

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 30, 2010 10:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

Yeah , and what a season last year . So right . Maybe a repeat this year ? Yes .
Go Huskeys , As in Uconn that is . ( preparing for the end here w/ JC soon leaving , and the NCAA violations soon coming ) . Geez, I ought to have screwed writing that , Tar heeal tAr HeEaL , more ;)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 30, 2010 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Banditos - see this news?

CBS to Broadcast Duke-UNC in Prime Time on March 5
06/29/2010

NEW YORK – CBS Sports, college basketball's leading network broadcaster, has announced that the Duke at North Carolina game will be broadcast in prime time on Saturday, March 5, 2011 (8:00 PM, ET). This marks the first time that the Duke-North Carolina rivalry will air in prime time on network television.

“It is an honor for the Duke-North Carolina game to be placed on this stage – for us, for the ACC and for college basketball,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Hopefully the game will live up to that level of expectation.”

The Duke-North Carolina game highlights CBS Sports’ 30th consecutive season broadcasting college basketball. The entire 2010-11 CBS Sports college basketball schedule will be released later this year.

“Duke-North Carolina is one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports,” said Mike Aresco, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “A primetime telecast on CBS Sports will generate enormous interest across the nation as the ‘Road to the Final Four®’ heats up.”

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Poster: banditos33 Date: Jul 2, 2010 5:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Banditos - see this news?

Yeah it is hard to believe that 8 miles of road dividing these two can generate NCAA football time slots. Probably will be another ass beating Carolina recieves.

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Poster: jonc Date: Jun 29, 2010 5:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ASCAP Declares War on Free Culture

ASCAP is the largest trade group of musical artists in the US. They license and distribute royalties for their members. They have an active lobbying arm that has now declared war on CC, the licensing system used here on the Archive, among other places. CC is simply a choice made by artists; it does not infringe on royalties in any respect.